Chelsea will lift the Premier League title trophy after 90 more minutes, but first they have a season to complete, today at Stamford Bridge against Sunderland at 10am ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The home side still features a healthy amount of regulars having already secured the season championship. PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard will is still in despite the removal of his wisdom teeth on Wednesday. Also in is Juan Cuadrado who hopes to impress Jose Mourinho and earn some time next season.
Didier Drogba starts up front in what the 37-year-old Ivorian confirmed will be his last match for the Blues, as he looks to extend his illustrious career outside of Stamford Bridge on the expiration of his one-year contract. Another man who could be earning his last start for Chelsea is Petr Cech, who starts in goal but is largely expected to change clubs this summer after 493 Chelsea appearances across 12 seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Cesc Fabregas is suspended for the match thanks to his red card against West Brom, while Kurt Zouma and Oscar miss with injuries.
For Sunderland, the Black Cats are safe from relegation but still could finish as low as 17th if they fail to win today, so Dick Advocaat will look to make this season appear much less stressful than it actually was.
Lee Cattermole is one yellow card away from a one-match suspension, so in order to avoid missing the opener next season, he is only on the bench. Seb Larsson is fit despite a midweek knock, but goalkeeper Costel Pantillimon is injured so Vito Mannone comes into the side. Despite speculation that Advocaat could name some young players in the team, he has elected against that.
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard; Drogba.
Bench: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Christensen, Boga, Remy, D Costa, Solanke.
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.
Bench: Cattermole, Reveillere, Graham, Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley, Pickford.